Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2016
22nd July, 2016
There are clear signs that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leaving the anti-Russian coalition and will no longer be an obstacle to the US-Russian cooperation in Syria championed by Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts, Professor Stephen F. Cohen notes.
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Posted by seumasach on February 29, 2016
28th February, 2016
MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Many Americans regard the ceasefire in Syria as a defeat, Chairman of the State Duma committee for foreign affairs Alexey Pushkov said.
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Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2016
Kerry: “Cooperation between Russia and the United States via foreign and military agencies will be stipulated as part of further work.”
22nd February, 2016
What is cooking between Russia and Iran? Evidently, there is something terribly important happening for Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu to make a rushed visit to Tehran on Sundayso soon after his Iranian counterpart’s ‘working visit’ to Moscow only last week. Shoigu brought a message from President Vladimir Putin, which he handed over in person to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. No further details have been divulged.
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Posted by seumasach on February 21, 2016
NATO Warns Turkey It Won’t Support Ankara in Conflict With Russia
20th February, 2016
As tensions escalate between Turkey and Russia, NATO has warned Ankara that it will not take part in a war provoked by the Turkish government.
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Posted by seumasach on February 15, 2016
Turkey offers catastrophe
15th February, 2016
Moscow has developed a plan that will bring an end to the brutal struggle which has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions more in Syria; however, the West should ensure that Turkey won’t undermine all efforts to resolve the crisis, former chairman of the NATO Military Committee Harald Kujat said.
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Posted by seumasach on February 15, 2016
15th February, 2016
The meeting of the International Syria Support Group seems to have marked the takeover of the Syrian situation by the White House, to the detriment of the « neo-conservatives » and the « liberal hawks ». The final declaration imposes supervision of the UNO by the US and Russia, which removes Jeffrey Feltman from his prerogatives. It imposes free circulation of humanitarian aid and the end of hostilities. The formula chosen legitimises Russian military action, not only against the al-Nusra Front and Daesh, but also against Ahrar el-Sham and Jaysh el-Islam. However, the declaration does not mention the Franco-British project for the creation of a pseudo-Kurdistan.
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Posted by seumasach on February 12, 2016
As this article shows, multipolarity is no longer an abstract concept, it is the emerging reality. What is also striking is the very discrete US-Russian cooperation
11th February, 2016
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made an extraordinary statement during an interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper on Wednesday. He ‘tweaked’ the assessment by the Defense Ministry in Moscow a couple of days earlier that Turkey could be planning a military intervention in Syria.
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Posted by seumasach on February 11, 2016
— Because Putin and Assad are winning
8th February, 2016
BEIRUT — Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: “all communication and supply line[s]” between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that cuts off Aleppo-based rebels from the Turkish border. See the map below. Eastern supply lines for the so-called Islamic State appear to have also been cut.
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Posted by seumasach on February 9, 2016
“In the July 2015 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit that includes China, India, and Central Asian states as members, the threat of Syrian instability and Islamic extremism was high on the agenda. A few months later in October, China and India conducted joint counter terrorism exercises inside Yunnan, China.”
9th February, 2016
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry often refer to rebel jihadi groups in Syria as the “Syrian opposition.”
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Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2016
This is a fair summary of the situation with the best hope for Western diplomacy the claim to have stopped the “barrel bombs”. The complete fiasco and humiliation for Western imperialism so long predicted in these pages!
An Exasperated John Kerry Throws In Towel On Syria: ”
7th February, 2016
“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”
Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters pieceout today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”
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Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2016
Another dark cloud arrived courtesy of a ridiculous interview from Britain’s state-controlled BBC last week where Putin was accused of corruption by a US Treasury official. No actual evidence was presented and the Kremlin labelled it “pure fiction.” Of course, this programme was filmed long before the recent improvement in dialogue between Russia and the West.
Despite these concerns, due to the seniority of the European officials publicly discussing a reversal in policy, feelings of hope seem well founded. Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also called for detente in early January. He admitted that some “forces” in Europe and the US wanted sanctions to cripple Russia, which would “risk a conflagration.”
30th January, 2016
When there’s a natural rapport between leaders, relationships are easy. In such an atmosphere, negotiating is a doddle. Of course, when the opposite is the case, the reverse often happens. Small disagreements can explode into furious arguments.
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